John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Type: Backcountry, Rail Trail, Snow Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 75.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Rock Climbing
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Downhill Skiing
Snow - Snow Play, General
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Western Cascade Foothills to Ellensburg
States: Washington
Counties: King, Kittitas
Latitude: 47.43476   Longitude: -121.76878

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Eventually, visitors will be able to travel on the trail across the entire state of Washington on the gentle grade of the former Milwaukee Road right of way. With more than 100 miles of trail extending from Cedar Falls in the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River in central Washington, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is perfect for long or short trips. The trail leads travelers past high trestles with spectacular views of the valley below, mountainous terrain, sagebrush desert, arid scrublands and charming countryside farmlands of the Columbia Basin.
The trail is open year-round so that hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, wagoners, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and dog sledders can discover the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The family-friendly trail has a light gravel surface, a gentle and easy-to-negotiate grade and camping along the way. Interpretive panels along the trail and offer a peek into the history of the area.
Travelers also can look for the speck of light at the end of the 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel under Snoqualmie Pass - the nation's longest tunnel open to nonmotorized traffic. The Milwaukee Road built this tunnel in 1914 to improve the grade over the pass.
The trail, much of it managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, meanders through and past a number of Washington state parks, as well as public campgrounds managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Kittitas County Fairgrounds and several other hiking trails that intersect the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. So, travelers can make the most of any trip by taking advantage of a number of other recreational and interpretive opportunities.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 1,517
Elevation High Point: 3,022
Year Designated: 2002

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Tim Schmidt
Park Ranger
Washington State Parks
Lake Easton State Park
PO Box 26
Easton , WA 98925
(509) 656-2230

Information contact:
Virginia Painter
Washington State Parks
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia , WA 98504 -2650
(360) 902-8561



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